updated 11:10 pm EDT, Mon May 11, 2009
LaCie upgrades 5big, 2big
LaCie has announced two new upgrades to its networked-attached storage (NAS) devices: the LaCie 5big Network and 2big Network. The product enhancements include improved performance, capacity expansion, and extra data protection with RAID settings. The 5big Network adds support for Time Machine backup software, along with improved multimedia server capabilities that allow users to stream multimedia files to UPnP players such as a PS3 or Xbox.
Other changes for its 5big Network prouct increase the storage systems capacity up to 10TB, and provide compatibility for the iTunes server. The added support enables iTunes users to access the NAS device from the application interface.
The smaller "2big" Network device adds support for Windows Active Directory (ADS) and local backup, Time Machine, and integration with MS Windows network domains. By enhancing its backup capabilities users can perform regular or scheduled backups to external devices. The storage device also ships with client licenses of Genie Backup Manager Pro for Windows and Intego Backup Manager Pro for Mac.
Both the LaCie 5big and 2big Network are available for purchase through the company's website, and priced at $320 for the 2big or $800 for the 5big.